Prior to deploying the FortiManager VM, the VM platform must be installed and configured so that it is ready to create virtual machines. The installation instructions for FortiManager VM presume that you are familiar with the management software and terminology of your VM platform.
For assistance in deploying FortiManager VM, refer to the deployment chapter in this guide that corresponds to your hypervisor environment. You may also need to refer to the documentation provided with your VM server. The deployment chapters are presented as examples because, for any particular VM server, there are multiple ways of creating a virtual machine - command line tools, APIs, alternative graphical user interface tools.
Before you start your FortiManager VM appliance for the first time, you might need to adjust virtual disk sizes and networking settings. With the exception of AWS and Azure environments, the first time you start FortiManager VM, you will have access only through the console window of your VM server environment. After you configure one network interface with an IP address and administrative access, you can access the FortiManager GUI (see Enable GUI access).